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As I was cleaning out the pantry this afternoon my tummy began to grumble… I realized that it was time for lunch as I picked up a package of forbidden black rice that was hidden in the “rice section.” This rice is packed with plenty of iron and protein, so I knew it would be a perfect ingredient for my next meal. Not having much at home (we are waiting on our next food order from Garden Eats), I realized that I would have to get creative. Here’s what I came up with – a lovely, aromatic combination of forbidden black rice, black beans, cilantro, coconut oil, coriander, sea salt, and lime that fits right in with our easy-peasy spring detox plan (click on the link to learn more!).
*To begin, I combined the following (as local, fresh, and organic as possible with the ingredients):
(1 cup) forbidden rice – packed with nutrients, this rice helps to ward off cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and inflammation. (If you can’t find forbidden rice, feel free to use any kind you’d like.)
(1 3/4 cups) chicken broth (feel free to use veggie/miso broth, or even filtered water) – chicken broth offers low calorie flavor with the added bonus of calcium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium… and it’s easy to digest.
(1 1/2 tablespoons) coconut oil – while you might question the health benefits of this delectable oil because of the high level of saturated fats, fear not! This oil is super-duper good for you. The saturated fats are medium-chain fatty acids (in the form or lauric acid) that offer a boost of energy when you need it most (after lunch?). Further, the lauric acid keeps you healthy by warding off any unwelcome organisms in your body, not to mention what it does to aid in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
(1 teaspoon) sea salt – read more about the benefits of sea salt here.
*Bring the above to a boil, cover, turn heat to low and cook for about 30 minutes.
*When your 30 minute timer buzzes, check to ensure that the rice is fully cooked (it may need a few more minutes of steaming/absorbing liquid on low-no heat, still covered).
*Once rice is fully cooked add the following:
(about 1 teaspoon) coriander and (about 1/4 cup – add more or less as you please) fresh cilantro - full of iron, fiber, magnesium, phytonutrients, and flavonoids, coriander/cilantro help to regulate blood sugar, ease digestion, balance cholesterol, detox from heavy metals, and even ward off urinary tract infections.
(1 can) black beans (I like Eden Organic brands because their can linings are BPA-free) – Black beans are full of antioxidants, and specifically a compound called anthocyanins that made these legumes good for the heart, digestion, help to regulate blood sugar, ward off cancer, inflammation, and harmful bacterial infections, and even slow the aging process.
(Juice from 1/2) lime – similar to lemon juice, limes offer vitamin C to help keep your immune system running well. Further, they function to clear the system of harmful bacteria. Lastly, they contain a phytonutrient called limonene, which acts to eliminate extra estradiol (a hormone that is implicated in breast cancer) in the body.
Hope you enjoy this meal as much as I did this afternoon!